New vjoon K4 Version 6.9 R3: 
Generate HTML-based DPS articles for smartphones in seconds

April 26, 2016 

vjoon's latest release even more tightly integrated with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and social media.

vjoon GmbH, a leading developer of software solutions for managing digital content, has rolled out the new release 6.9 R3 of its cross-media publishing platform vjoon K4®. The firm extended its latest version of vjoon K4 with many features that simplify and accelerate digital publishing workflows. What’s more, the system is now even more deeply integrated with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). HTML-based articles may be generated automatically for smartphones’ varying display formats and uploaded directly from vjoon K4. Publications may even feature a mix of articles; that is, editors can combine custom layouts with HTML-based articles at will. This release also comes with easy-to-customize style sets. Formatting HTML articles is an exercise in convenience with these style sets. On top of that, content may also be delivered directly to Facebook as this version is now integrated with the world’s largest social network. The earlier version had already been linked to Twitter, so this is its second integration with a popular social media platform.

Freedom of choice: Print first, digital first, or digital only

Publishers, corporate and otherwise, seeking to create digital editions for smartphones have two options. They can convert the layouts of their printed editions, which involves a lot of painstaking effort. Or they can choose to have the publication converted automatically into formats that are optimized for smartphone displays. If they opt to create a faithful digital copy in InDesign, they will have to perform the extra work it takes to adapt the digital edition to each display’s format. An HTML article does not require this extra effort as it will be delivered in the best format for each type of smartphone. Publishers who choose to work with HTML templates can take advantage of highly automated conversion routines to pursue a digital-first or digital-only strategy. All they have to do is generate content in K4 Web Editor HTML, K4 Web Editor ICML, or Adobe InCopy, and then have vjoon K4 convert it into HTML-based DPS articles. Such articles are uploaded automatically to Adobe Folio Producer. All the various platforms’ display formats are available. Follow this link to view a video explaining the possibility of this innovative publishing workflow: .

Tapping the full potential of every article

vjoon K4 makes the most of the various file formats’ benefits. For example, the combination of HTML and CSS is best for adaptive dynamic content that can be seen in every web browser. Layout-based articles, on the other hand, are created in InDesign so that editors have all the creative leeway to design the visuals as they see fit. The latest release of vjoon K4 Version 6.9 R3 enables users to publish DPS editions featuring combinations of article-based and layout-based content. In other words, vjoon K4 bridges the divide between two very different workflows, one being the usual method where pages that were painstakingly laid out for printed publications are converted to digital formats, and the other being the automated method of generating articles in HTML format using predetermined article styles. Publishers benefit greatly as this slashes the costs of preparing digital editions. HTML-based DPS articles may be delivered to any type of tablet.

Article-Styles and HTML

Users may select among predefined article styles to format headings and apply rollover and many other visual effects in vjoon K4 to the given article. These styles later serve to display the HTML article on the device. Editors can quickly and easily compose the article using K4 Object Labels to mark the various areas at the earliest turn, while creating the pages for the printed publication. These labels serve as signposts, offering much clearer orientation throughout the publishing workflow. Later, when the HTML file is generated, they automatically determine where effects will be used applied—without any usual intervention. vjoon K4 ships with a set of article styles that can be used immediately or customized to suit the user’s needs.

Integration with Facebook

An earlier vjoon K4 release was integrated with Twitter; this release adds Facebook, the world’s largest social network, to the roster. It may be accessed directly from vjoon K4. This latest version enables users to initiate dedicated workflows for postings, add images, and preset delivery times. For example, editors can post teasers and ads for upcoming articles and prepare downstream digital publications for delivery after the printed edition’s release.

Carsten Althaber

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